Source: WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, UN Population Division
Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.
Maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532 000 in 1990 to an estimated 303 000 this year, according to the report, the last in a series that has looked at progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This equates to an estimated global maternal mortality ratio...
On November 7, 2014, the Burkina Faso Ministry of Health authorized a family planning tasksharing pilot project in the Centre and Boucle du Mouhoun Regions of the country. Family planning stakeholders had pursued task-sharing policy changes for five years before Advance Family Planning (AFP) local partner Équilibres et Populations led focused advocacy to see it through alongside the national...
Source: Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
Long-acting reversible contraceptives, including intrauterine devices and implants are the most effective methods of reversible contraception. These methods have multiple advantages over other reversible methods. Most importantly, once in place, they do not require daily or monthly dosing and their duration of contraceptive action ranges from 3 to 5 years.
Contraceptive effectiveness is the leading characteristic for most women when choosing a method, but they often are not well informed about effectiveness of methods. Because of the serious consequences of ‘‘misinformed choice,’’ counseling should proactively discuss the most effective methods—long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods—using the WHO tiered-effectiveness model.
Leadership and management are both essential elements to developing successful family planning programs. This brief defines common leadership and management traits and provides an overview of how strong leadership and management can improve family planning programs. It also reviews the evidence of the effect of leadership and management strategies on health service outputs and health outcomes and...